Eighth LAPD officer dies of COVID-19 complications

The Los Angeles Police Department is mourning the loss of one of its own.

LAPD announced on social media Monday night that officer Becky Strong has died from COVID-19 complications.

"Our deepest condolences go out to Officer Strong's entire family, colleagues, and friends in this most difficult time," LAPD's post read, in part.

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LAPD said Strong was with the department since 1994 and was recently assigned to South Traffic Division.

The Los Angeles Police Protective League also mourned Strong's death in a Twitter posting, which read: "Our prayers and love go to the family and colleagues of LAPD Police Officer II Becky Strong who passed away from COVID-19 complications. Officer Strong faithfully protected our city for 27 years. RIP Officer Strong, you will be missed."

The department previously lost seven sworn and two civilian employees to the virus since the start of the pandemic, a number that had gone unchanged since April.

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